If there is one thing that we productivity guru, rockstar,
有一件高效人士 摇滚歌星 著名武士们都喜欢
mogul ninja samurais love to go on and on about, it is our schedules,
how utterly customized and tailored they are towards
our optimal working conditions, our chronotypes and our secret wow rating additions.
But every single time we write another blog post
or make another video about our scheduling hacks
I know there are many of you out there
who are simply tearing your hair out at how unhelpful they are for you
because you are dealing with an inconsistent and chaotic schedule
that is out of your control.
Whether its due to your class schedule or a job
you simply don’t have time for a three hours morning routines with vipassana meditations
or two hour forest bathing sessions in the middle of the workday
just like nothing of consistently cooking dinner on a regular basis
or getting to the gym as many times a week as you want.
So what can be done for people in this situation?
What do you do if you have an inconsistent chaotic schedule
that seems to hamper the development of new habits
and block your progression towards your goals?
Well I’ve actually got a few suggestions for you in this video today
because I have been in this situation in the past.
Yes now as an entrepreneur
I’m able to set my own schedule
but that wasn’t always the case.
All throughout high school I had part time jobs
at grocery stores and Target and lots of other places
比如在杂货店 百货商场 或者其他地方
where my manager basically set my schedule
I had pretty much no say in the matter
and even in college I worked at a job where I had different hours almost every single week.
So from those experiences as well as a lot of online research that I did in preparation
for this video I wanna give you some suggestions
for making the most of an inconsistent schedule
and still making progress on your goals despite it.
And the first thing that I wan na share here is a lesson I learned very early on
when I started my first job in college at the campus IT center
which was that I had to get my schedule into my own personal calendar as soon as I could possibly could.
See my first job in college was working at the tech support center
answering calls and helping people fix their computers.
– Hello IT have you tried turning this off and on again?
“你好 技术部 你试过关机再重启吗？”
And the cool thing about that job
was that you could basically choose your own hours every single week,
but there was a catch,
every week at a specific day and a specific time
a giant calendar of hours slots would become open
to every employee in the company
which means that it was a first come first serve thing
if you were there first you basically had the best pick of hours
you could get exactly what you wanted
but if you were there even, say, five minutes late sometimes
you could be looking at slim pickings.
And there were certainly some weeks early on my first semester at the job
before I really learned how important it
was to get there early where this happened to me.
So after a few harsh weeks
trying to fill my hour quota
with a bunch of random half an hour sessions here and there between classes
I learned two important lessons.
Number one, be sitting at that calendar
refreshing it over and over and over again
right when those hours opened.
And number two which is the lesson I’m gonna share here
the moment I understood what my schedule was on that work calendar
I needed to transfer over to my Google calendar
my personal calendar.
Now you know this is important for knowing when you’re supposed to go to work
but this is also important for being able to develop healthy habits
and work on your independent projects as well.
What we’re trying to avoid here is derailment,
derailing on your goals, derailing on your habits and yes
ultimately the thing that’s going to cause this to happen
确实 动力不足 缺乏自制力的话
is a lack of motivation and a lack of self discipline
but the catalyst for those things can often be that inconsistent schedule
we kind of run on schedules
we run on consistency and when external factors are really kind of destroying that for us
it can be hard to actually self-regulate.
So the way that I combated that and the way
that I lessened its impact on my life was by
getting very good at managing my own personal schedule and
getting things into my calendar as early as possible.
What this did was allow me to sit down at the beginning of the week
and look at my calendar from a birds eye view.
Yes it was an inconsistent schedule
but I was able to identify lots of little blocks of time that were free to me.
So maybe I couldn’t say go to the gym every single morning
or have time to cook dinner at the same time every single night.
but I could look and say
all right I’ve got Monday and Wednesday free
so I’m going to schedule gym time during those free blocks.
Tuesday mornings take up my work in class
but I do have a tiny block Tuesday afternoon free
so maybe I’ll go for a run then.
And what I found over the years is that
when I plan things in advance
I feel sort of beholden to my past self
so it’s more likely that I’m going to actually do them.
It’s definetly not foolproof it’s not about a combat
boot wearing fairy about ready to kick me in the butt
if I don’t do what I set up to do
but it’s much better than trying to decide in the moment
that I’m going to do something because I’ve got a couple of free hours.
So when you have an inconsistent schedule
make sure you’re getting things into your personal calendar as early as you possibly can
and then sitting down once a week over viewing your calendar
and picking up those free hours that aren’t already taken up by something
and deciding what you are going to do with them ahead of time.
Now one thing that I fortunately didn’t have to deal with
during my years of part-time job work was night shift work,
having an inconsistent sleep schedule dictated by my job
but I know that this is something that a lot of people do deal with
including a couple of friends of mine who work at a hospital.
so I wanted to include a few tips for if you’re in this situation as well.
First and foremost if the consistency of your sleep is under attack by an inconsistent schedule
then what you need to prioritize getting is enough sleep.
You may not be able to get it at the same time every single night
but you can at leastmake sure you’are getting enough.
Now one of the things that can really hamper this goal for a lot of shift workers is the fact
that they’re trying to get sleep during the day
and they’re under assault by light coming in through their windows, by noise being made by the roommates
or T-Rex’s in the other room
if you work at Jurassic Park,
all kinds of stuff.
So what do you do in that situation?
Well tip number one
you get what I have hanging right over there in this studio, a pair of good block out curtains.
See your body circadian rhythm the synchronization with the day and night schedule
and part of the biological process that regulates your sleep is heavily influenced
by the mount of light that you are perceiving.
To give you a really quick refresher from 9th grade Biology class,
in your eye you have in addition to cones and rods
在你的眼睛里 除了用来感知细节 颜色和运动的
that sense things like detail and color and movement
something called a photosensitive retinal ganglion cells
and these cells perceive light
and send signals to a part of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
Now this little piece of brain hardware sends instructions to other parts
of the body which regulate the production of hormones like melatonin and cortisol
and these affect your sleep and your sleep drive.
So long story short if you have a bunch of light coming in through your window
where you are trying to get some sleep
because it’s 7:00 a.m. and
you just got done with the shift
you’re gonna have a harder time actually falling asleep
your body doesn’t think it’s time for sleep.
But if you have a pair of block out curtains then
that basically solves the problem,
your room is dark and your body can think that it’s nighttime.
Of course light isn’t the only problem you have to deal with
if you’re trying to sleep during the day,
because you have to contend with noise.
whether it’s your roommates in the other room
or literally the band dragging force if you are a particular sleepy roadie.
So the deal with all that noise make an investment
in a good pair of earplugs
and by investment I mean like $2.00
because earplugs are super cheap.
Now one thing that I do wan na mention before we
move on from this issue of dealing with your sleep schedule
is that you could actually change that sleep schedule.
Most people sleep what’s called a monophasic sleep schedule
which means they sleep in one long seven to eight hour block of time each night,
but there are also polyphasic sleep schedules.
Now a lot of these are ineffective and result in not sleeping enough hours total
虽然 很多睡眠会低效 总时长也不足
but the one that I wan na suggest here which can be effective is the simple biphasic sleep schedule.
This is a schedule where you can have afour to five hour core block of sleep each night followed
by a two to three hour longer nap during the middle of the day or at some other time.
And there was actually a NASA funded study
that looked at the effectiveness of this sleep schedule for astronauts
and they came to the conclusion that
split sleep schedules are feasible and can be
used to enhance the flexibility of sleep work schedules for space operations
involving restricted nocturnal sleep due to mission critical task scheduling.
damn run-on sentences
It goes on to say
that these results are generally applicable to any continuous industrial operation
that involves sleep restriction，night operations,and shift work.
So given those results this might be something to look into
if you don’t have time for a monophasic schedule.
Now one thing to know is
all the tips we’ve gone over so far
are meant to help you deal with a chaotic schedule
but ultimately the goal should be to actually escape it.
Yes for people with certain career goals
like EMTs or surgeons an inconsistent schedule might just come with the territory
例如 急救人员 外科医生 不规律作息是一定的
but for most of us having a chaotic schedule
is just kind of part of paying our dues,
it’s a byproduct of the jobs and obligations we have to take on
moreover in school or otherwise climb up the ladder.
So if you eventually wan na have a more consistent and manageable schedule
所以 如果你最终想要 一个更加规律可控的日程
and be able to have those three hour morning routines
then be on lookout for jobs and opportunities that will give you closer to it
or negotiate with your manager at your current job
once you’ve proven yourself to see if you can start
moving towards more consistent hours there,
and of course use some of your free time to bolster your career skills
so you can put yourself in a better negotiating position.
Work on your soft skills like communication, organization,
提高你的软技能 比如沟通技能 组织技能
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